'The Voyagers Return' by Barbara Tyson. Image from Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is an international mission of the Anglican Church which cares for the practical and spiritual welfare of seafarers of all nationalities and faiths.
Run mostly by volunteers, the club welcomes over 30,000 seafarers, who dock in Melbourne ports each year, keeping them in touch with their families and providing a safe place for rest, relaxation and counsel in times of distress.
The near 100 year old purpose built building, located at 717 Flinders Street, is home away from home to seafarers arriving in Melbourne. Rooms in this Victorian heritage listed building are also available for hire for private functions, including weddings in the chapel, and provides an ideal space for an art exhibition.
The annual ANL Maritime Art Awards & Exhibition, introduced in 2002, promotes excellence in maritime and seafaring subjects in art, assists in raising awareness of seafarers, and contributes to the fundraising efforts of the Mission to Seafarers.
The theme for 2016 "The Relationship between Humanity and the Sea" received over 250 entrants from around the world, of which 83 were selected as finalists for the exhibition; ranging in media from photography, oils, acrylic, and collage.
Mission to Seafarers annual art exhibition
Curated across four spaces, this fabulous exhibition runs from October 7th to 21st, with entry by gold coin donation, at 717 Flinders Street, from 12pm-6pm daily. All art works are for sale, with 33% of all proceeds raised going towards the charitable work of the Mission to Seafarers.
Winner: "The Voyagers Return" by Barbara Tyson Runner up: "Opportunity" by Jane Flowers
ASP Best in Traditional Award Winner: "The Four Days Battle - 1666" by Julian Bruer
Equal Second Place: "Shanghai Shipping" by Don Braben & "She" by Joni Dennis
Special Commendations: "Making Way" by Maxwell Wilks & "Williamstown Docks - Arrangement in High-Vis" by Jason Roberts
Bendigo Wealth Emerging Artist Award
Winner: "Lost at Sea" by Catherine Stringer
Second Place: "SCargo" by Belinda Eckermann
Mission to Seafarers, "The Shell Seeker
Remember to cast your vote for peoples' choice award; the winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition. My vote is in for "The Shell Seeker" by Rob Davis, pictured to the left.
Visitors may also enjoy the art by purchasing postcards with prints of all 83 entrants available.
Other ways to support the mission include becoming a volunteer, giving a direct donation, leaving a bequest, joining as a corporate sponsor, or hosting a fundraising event. Find out ways you can help here.